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What is the Difference Between MySQL Generic Binaries and RPM Binaries for Linux? (Doc ID 1369139.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Applies to:

MySQL Server - Version: 5.1 and later   [Release: 5.1 and later ]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Learn about the difference between the generic Linux based MySQL binaries and the platform specific RPMs. The questions answered are:
  • Is it possible to use the generic MySQL binaries on Linux platforms where an operating system specific version exists?
  • What will be the impact on production database in terms of support and performance, if the generic Linux based binary installation is used rather than the platform specific RPMs?
  • What is Oracle recommending for selecting which MySQL binaries to use and what is "best practice"?


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